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Wow, it is Sunday already and I’m not ready for the weekend to be over.

This week has been pretty great as far as training goes! I’ve run, rode, and swam, all while maintaining my Full-Time job, and my part-time job! (I’ve got to buy myself a new Triathlon bike somehow!?!- and before season gets here cause I need to train on it)

I set a goal to run 20 miles this week, and I hit it! FANTASTIC! I got intervals, speed training, a little “hill” workout on the treadmill -woof!, and even a long run in on Saturday! I have got some biking in on the upright bike while on my lunch break as well as a swim one day!  This is purely amazing of how much I have accomplished while being a full time employee, having a boyfriend and a 3 year old German Shepard.  I used to drink coffee two or three times a day- oh the withdrawal headaches I suffered through!

I have had an abundance of energy through work and working out – no tea or coffee! It’s great! That was until today. It was a wall- and boy did I hit it hard. I woke up early, having slept so sound and peaceful, and about an hour into my day I was exhausted! The boy made a spinach and tomato scramble for breakfast, along with OJ and my mufti-vitamin.  I have taken two long naps, and feel like I could have just stayed in bed. My doctor has told me I am boarder-line amemic, but today I felt like it was full swing. Recovery. I listened to my body and rested. Had all three meals, even went out to look for a new pair of running shoes, and got some veggies at the store to come back and nap!

Does anyone else battle anemia? It is very common in runners, especially with have a low meat diet!  What do you do?

Do you set weekly goals for training?

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Okay so it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Major fail by me… the past few months I have spent hibernating, eating cookies, and staying indoors out of the wind, and cold.

Although the past month and half, I have swam, been learning the flip turn, and how to have a more efficient freestyle stroke. Signed up for the Tour de Cure Century ride, signed up for an olympic distance triathlon, found a new job, have I mentioned boyfriend. Yes I have a wonderful boyfriend whom fixes my bike, I mean whom I can ride with and run with.

I will get back on here more often and tell you about my adventures of my training, attempts, minor accomplishments, successes, and failed attempts. 🙂

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The Boyfriend and I

Here is my weekend forecast:

Saturday:

Shamrock Crit. A local bike race. The boyfriend is racing, and I will be spectating his race, then I will be volunteering with some awesome girls that I met at a group bike ride last week.

Sunday:
Shamrock Full Marathon…. Ohhhh eeeeem geeee.
My training is not where it should have been. I was going to defer this race, but B talked me into it, and I talked myself out of it. I developed some type of winter asthma that killed me after my first solid month of training, then I got sick, and I was sad… long story short, I went from having a 5 hr goal to the goal of finishing, setting my PR, and possibly doing another Full in Richmond in November this year. We shall see. Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach is put on by J & A racing, which is a GREAT organization. So I just couldn’t say No.

Any tips or suggestions, or words of motivation will be helpful. I have already picked up some nutrition and cut my toe nails… what else? 🙂

TriTraining!

I found this recently, and had to share. I think it’s completely acceptable to have the best relationship with yourself and your bike, running shoes and swim cap 😉

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Usually I am a morning person, after I have received adequate sleep (at least 7 and a half hours)! When I wake up in the morning I have to let my puppy outside, and I start getting ready for the gym or whatever workout.

 

(This first picture is how I felt when I first woke up)

 

 

Wednesday morning, I was not feeling the morning, but I still forced myself to go to the pool for some laps. I decided if I acted a little silly this would motivate me, and sure enough I was there. Now I am new to swimming so I am still working on the basic’s but mostly the breathing technique while moving forward. I tend to stop kicking, lift my face out of the water, etc while doing laps. I have been pretty solid in doing laps before anything else for about 2 weeks now, and I’m slowing improving!  I really thought swimming caps looked ridiculous, I didn’t want to wear one, and I sureeeely didn’t need it. Oh boy, I was wrong.  This is my favorite piec

(Once I saw the beach, I woke up for sure, and was very happy)

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This particular Tuesday I swam for a half hour, decided it was to crowded in my lane, (there was 5 of us!) and decided I would hit the beach for a run and an open water swim. I got to the beach, decided to wear my bright orange shoes and take off. I ran in the soft part of the beach for about half of the time, and then went back to the sturdier sand! I still finished my 5k in my average time! (31:00mins)  I was so impressed with myself since it was not my typical terrain.e of gear if I am swimming laps. 1. You look silly and you don’t want to stand around so you just swim a lot! 2. If you have any length of hair the water from your hair when you go to breathe goes straight into your mouth. So I strongly suggest anyone who is teetering on the swim cap or no cap, go with it! You don’t have to be amazing swimmer to wear one, you’ll get there though! I usually swim from a half hour to an hour. This is contingent to as how many people are at the pool, how much water I’ve swallowed, and if I’m sore.

After I got a little stretch on I decided to put my bright pink swim cap on and go for a swim, this was the first time I had attempted open water swimming for a work out. Well nonetheless there was the challenge that I expected. It wasn’t easy,  but that means it can only get better and I can learn from it. It wasn’t a bad swim, just wasn’t as long as I wanted it to be, I got tired much quicker. ( I am swimming in the ocean).

 

(After my workout, felt 100x better!)

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As for my eating habits, and my favorite thing to drink. That surely is easy… I love green vegetables, green peppers are probably at the top of my list.  My favorite drink of all time is Kombucha Tea. It’s AMAZING! I haven’t tried a flavor I didn’t enjoy. I use it as a treat for myself after a good week of working out, or if I need a pick me up because I’m feeling blue. It’s like a guaranteed happy dance! 😀

Now time to plan my workout for tomorrow, and what I’m going to make for dinner.! I’ll share a yummy recipe soon!

 

 

 

A Job well done!

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Beach to Battleship 140.6

Beach to Battleship 140.6October 17th, 2015
Time to take on the biggest physical and mental challenge !

Mileage 2015

Running 2015
(does not include treadmill)

Miles this Month: 12
Miles this Year: 88.5

Cycling

Miles this Month: 120
Miles this Year: 381.2

Swimming

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